Mrs. Russell Simmons pleads guilty to reckless driving as other charges are dropped

August 11, 2005 08:00 AM

In a plea-deal in a New Jersey courtroom, Kimora Lee Simmons was placed on six months of probation for allegedly driving erratically and ignoring a police car’s flashing lights and wailing siren for several miles in July 2004, the Associated Press reports.

The former model and wife of rap mogul Russell Simmons (she is also the creative director of his Baby Phat clothing label) also faced drug possession charges after officers found a small amount of marijuana in her car at the time of her arrest outside the couple’s Saddle River estate.

She pleaded guilty Tuesday in Superior Court to careless driving. Bergen County prosecutors then agreed to allow Simmons, 30, into the county’s pretrial intervention program for nonviolent first offenders. If she successfully completes the program, all the charges will be dropped.

“This is certainly an aberration, a one-time mistake of judgment,” Assistant Prosecutor Wayne Mello said, according to AP. “It’s precisely the circumstance that pretrial intervention was created for.”

Simmons’s lawyer, Brian Neary, called the case “an unfortunate incident.”

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